Lab Members



Jasmin Cloutier

Director

Jasmin Cloutier is an associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Delaware. He received his PhD in Psychology and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, worked as a postdoctoral associate at Tufts University and M.I.T, and previously was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. He is broadly interested in social cognition and social neuroscience with an emphasis on research questions related to person perception, person evaluation, and impression formation. His current work often focuses on how interracial contact and social status shapes the outcome of these processes.

 

Jennifer Kubota

Director

Jennifer Kubota’s research explores how we achieve equity in intergroup relations. She examines how we form impressions of marginalized individuals (e.g., race, social status) or those who are different from us (e.g., non-human agents); how those impressions influence our thoughts, feelings, and decisions; and how we may intervene to achieve parity or improve interactions (e.g., teamwork). Her research crosses boundaries, bridging psychology, neuroscience, and decision-making by employing a multi-level approach. She investigates hormonal determinants (e.g., cortisol), neural activations (e.g., EEG, fMRI), computationally derived signals (e.g., prediction errors), behavioral outcomes (e.g., trust decisions), and social change in real-world situations, such as in organizational team, financial, educational, electoral, and judicial contexts. Dr. Kubota is a URM faculty member and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Political Science and International Relations at University of Delaware. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Delaware she was an Assistant Professor at University of Chicago and received a joint PhD in Social Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2010. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship in social neuroscience at New York University and Harvard, during which time she worked on projects related to the neural foundations of prejudice and prejudice reduction. Her work has been published in various neuroscience and psychology journals, including Nature Neuroscience, Nature Human Behaviour, Psychological Science, Perspectives in Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience. She has received funding from the Army Research Institute, Ford Foundation, National Institute on Aging, and the National Science Foundation in support of her research.

 

Eric Splan

Postdoctoral Researcher

Eric Splan joined the IFSN lab as a postdoctoral researcher in 2021. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He is broadly interested in examining the generalizability of social cognitive phenomena. Specifically, Eric is interested in understanding how stereotyping and impression formation processes vary across settings, individuals, and outcomes to better understand when and how these processes influence behavior in real-world contexts. Eric’s hobbies outside of the lab include baking, brewing, bad puns, and arguing about the validity of sports statistics.

 

Grace Handley

Graduate Student

Grace joined the IFSN lab in 2016. She is broadly interested in social cognition and the psychological and neural mechanisms involved in face perception, and she is specifically interested in the ways in which individual differences in intergroup contact shape people’s perception and evaluation of social targets. Previously, Grace was a research intern at the American Association of University Women and a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Grace’s hobbies outside of the lab include photography, spending time outdoors, watching baseball, and collecting houseplants.

 

Tzipporah Dang

Graduate Student

Tzipporah is interested in impression formation and person perception focusing on the influence of person-knowledge and perceptual cues on explicit judgments. Her current projects examine 1) evaluations of police officer-civilian interactions based on civilian race and individual differences (e.g., interracial contact) and 2) learning about interracial targets who are novel, perceptually familiar, or paired with person-knowledge. Her previous research explores how social information influences the use of stereotypes and the outcomes of attachment-based therapy for foster children. She enjoys olive-free foods, doggos, and Bob’s Burgers.

 

Denise Barth

Graduate Student

Denise Barth is a third year PhD student in the IFSN lab. As a researcher, she is interested in how we categorize and stereotype individuals based on various identities, such as race, and additionally how our biases and environments interact to influence our perceptions of others. She hopes to be able to apply findings related to these research interests to contemporary social issues. Previously, Denise was involved in research looking at working memory deficits in individuals with concealable stigmatized identities and completed a master’s thesis which studied environmental influences (i.e. racial prototypicality, group identity composition) of race categorization. In her free time, she likes to explore areas around Newark and read about social justice issues.

 

Sam Venezia

Graduate Student

Sam is a second year PhD student in the IFSN lab. He is broadly interested in social neuroscience, specifically in how person evaluation, social categorization and decision-making are modulated by differences in perceptual and knowledge-based cues, such as race and social status. Additionally, Sam is interested in the neural precursors/correlates to racial prejudice, and more specifically, how violent racial extremism can arise from everyday prejudice. Sam received his B.A. in psychology from Benedictine University where he worked in Dr. James Davis’ Behavioral and Social Sciences lab. In his free time, Sam enjoys running, hiking, traveling and generally being outdoors.

 

richa gautam

Graduate Student

Richa is an incoming Unidel Distinguished Graduate Scholar interested in the role of context in social (re)categorization of intersectional identities. A graduate of Vassar College, Richa was previously a Senior Research Assistant at Weill Cornell Medicine and a Research Assistant & Teaching Assistant at the Lab of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind at Columbia University. Outside of work, Richa loves food, books, and mountains.